As one of Europe’s best known holiday destinations, Marbella doesn’t need an introduction. Since the European aristocracy discovered the stunning beachside resort back in the 1960s, its appeal as a luxury destination and celebrity hotspot has drawn millions of tourists every year from all all over the world, especially during the summer months. Contrary to popular belief, Marbella doesn’t have to be just about the high life. Against the backdrop of luxury hotels, mega mansions and glamorous visitors, this is a destination with something for everyone and all budgets. Marbella’s high-end reputation makes it an expensive resort, but with a little bit of careful planning it is possible to holiday in Marbella on a budget,
The climate is one of the best things about this Spanish coastal resort with a guaranteed 320 days of sunshine a year. Then there are the miles of sandy beaches and the lovely old quarter whose leafy squares and narrow alleyways have kept all their Andalusian charm. And Marbella is also home to Puerto Banus, one of Spain’s most famous marinas where super yachts line up alongside all the best designer boutiques.
Where To Eat In Marbella On A Budget
The key to eating cheaply and well in Marbella is to steer clear of the beaten tourist track – avoid the beachfront overpriced chiringuitos along the Golden Mile and Puerto Banus – and head north and west of the Marbella old town where the locals go. The Marbella area is famous for its “pescaito”, which are small portions of fried fish, and one of the best places to try these in Marbella is at any of the little restaurants dotted around the Puerto Deportivo. San Pedro Alcantara also has a whole host of restaurants where you can eat well and affordably. If you are a seafood fanatic, then head to Estepona to sample how you can eat seafood in Marbella on a budget.
Things To Do In Marbella On A Budget
Marbella boasts miles and miles of sandy beaches with six blue flags currently awarded to beaches along the coast You can grab a spot on any of the soft sandy shorelines, with sunbeds costing as little as 5 Euros per day, even at popular beach clubs such as Heaven Beach! The best beaches for families are those found in Marbella east, where the sands are wide and the shallow waters make swimming safer for children. If you want to catch a glimpse of the beach club action, make for the beaches in Puerto Banus – your budget might not stretch to going inside but watching the guests and listening to the music is free.
Free sightseeing includes wandering around Puerto Banus, a great venue for celebrity spotting in summer, and walking around the old town in Marbella, one of Marbella’s best attractions. Don’t follow a map, wander along the streets and lose yourself in the narrow cobbled streets. You can also check out the Thursday morning market in San Pedro and the famous Saturday market in the old bullring in Nueva Andalucia. You can also take advantage of seeing some wonderful art entirely for free– take a stroll down the Avenida del Mar in central Marbella where you will be able to see a succession of giant Dali sculptures as well as several small, free art galleries in the Old town.
How To Get Around Marbella On A Budget
Thanks to the number of paseos that basically connect the whole coast from Estepona to Marbella, it is possible to walk almost everywhere. However, when the temperatures reach 35 degrees in the height of summer, you might want to take the bus instead. The main bus route runs along the coast road and they are all air conditioned and cheap- with journeys costing no more than 1.50 Euros. The Marbella area has also become more friendly to cyclists in recent years, so if you own a holiday home then considering investing in a bicycle and a sturdy bike lock. There is also a bus running directly from the Marbella bus station to Malaga airport, leaving every 30 minutes or so and for just 6 euros you can reach the airport in just 45 minutes.